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Anti-Bullying Week

As Anti-Bullying Week comes to a close, it is important to acknowledge the significance of raising awareness so that people can identify and tackle the issue. Statistics show that 1 in 4 young people are victims of bullying with 77% of those claiming it negatively impacted her mental health. Bullying can happen at any time and this week is meant to highlight the fight against behaviours of bullying and support those who are affected by it. 

Bullying is the intentional and repetitive hurting of another person mentally, physically or emotionally. Bullying can take place at school, workplace or in other social areas. Bullying is often used to assert power over another and can be a result of differences in race, religion, gender and other physical attributes. Bullying can be in the form of verbal, nonverbal, or physical behaviour. 

Verbal and cyber-bullying are the most common types of bullying today. Bullying is prevalent in kids in general, but cyberbullying is more common in secondary schools. Cyberbullying is consistent picking on or teasing another online. Cyberbullying has increased in recent years and unfixed problems with it at a young age can lead to crimes like  cyber-harassment  or cyberstalking in the future. In an era where technology is one of the main forms of communication, it is more likely to be a victim of bullying online because of its accessibility and freedom to unabashedly harass and pick on people anonymously. 

The impacts of bullying are harmful with consequences being as dangerous and committing suicide, self harm and mental health issues. If you or someone you know is faced with bullying it is important to speak to a teacher or parent for help or an adult you trust for advice.  Bullying is a serious problem within children and young people and everyone should try hard to put a stop to it. It is also important to develop skills to combat bullying, such as confidence building and leadership. 

More information can be found at the National Bullying Helpline.

Additionally, ATM projects have support for those who have been impacted by bullying such as youth leadership programmes which provide a large amount of support and resources for people aged 16-24, and SAVAH (Supporting and Advocating for Victims Against Hate), a hate crime project to aid victims of hate crimes emotionally and practically. 

 

Written by one of our Lead and Be Led graduates